A LONG-AWAITED plan for the territory's largest rail project, providing a crucial link for Tuen Mun residents, was submitted to the Government yesterday. Northwest New Territories residents were shown the prospect of a more convenient transport system as the railway was proposed to link up Tuen Mun town centre with the urban area. The Western Corridor Railway project was submitted by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC). The rail alignment, drawn up after months of feasibility studies, runs from the town centre to west Kowloon. There are interchanges with the MTR's Tsuen Wan line, and with the Lantau line of the new Airport Railway. The railway, expected to be completed by 2001, will be more than 52 kilometres long and cost about $25 billion to build. The Secretary for Transport, Haider Barma, said he was pleased the KCRC had confirmed extension of the railway from Tuen Mun North, as suggested in the Government's Railway Development Strategy, to the town centre. 'The administration certainly supports this in principle and will do its best to achieve this,' Mr Barma said. According to the new plan, the rail line would initially terminate at Yen Chow Street in Shamshuipo, and then be further extended to the west Kowloon passenger terminal at Jordan Road. Intermediate stations include Tuen Mun North, Tin Shui Wai, Long Ping, Yuen Long, Kam Tin, Tsuen Wan West and Mei Foo. Mei Foo is expected to interchange with the MTR Tsuen Wan line, while Yen Chow Street will also serve as an interchange with the Lantau line. Also included in the railway project are a cross-border freight rail that runs from the proposed Port Rail Terminal at Kwai Chung to China via Lowu, and a cross-border passenger service from Kowloon to the proposed new terminal at Lok Ma Chau, also through the Lowu crossing. KCRC chairman Kevin Hyde said they hoped to commence the project as soon as possible.